Word Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old word quotes, word sayings, and word proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The right word is always a power, and communicates its definiteness to our action.     

George Eliot

Words are soldiers of fortune, hired by different ideas.     

Maxwell Bodenheim

Words are but the signs of ideas.     

Samuel Johnson

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.     

Samuel Beckett

It does not require many words to speak the truth.     

Chief Joseph

Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.     

Joseph Conrad

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.     

Winston Churchill

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Words are the great temptation.     

Marty Rubin

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.     

Josh Billings

Words are potent weapons for all causes, good or bad.     

Manly Hall

Words once spoke can never be recall'd.     

Wentworth Dillon

It is a world of words that creates a world of things.     

J. M. Coetzee

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.     

Pythagoras

A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones that need the advice.     

Bill Cosby

Guard well your thoughts when alone and your words when accompanied.     

Roy T. Bennett

Words can hurt you. In the larger world, it frames how people think about you, and it can hurt you in lots of little, subtle ways.     

Nathan Myhrvold

Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind.     

Samuel R. Delany

The written word has this advantage, that it lasts and can await the time when it is allowed to take effect.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.     

Natsuki Takaya

We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.     

Jane Fonda

The words of the world want to make sentences.     

Gaston Bachelard

Words which enlighten some darken others.     

Edward Counsel

Sweet words are like honey, a little may refresh, but too much gluts the stomach.     

Anne Bradstreet

Sometimes words are harder than blows.     

Zinedine Zidane

No man weighs his words who has but a moment to live.     

Philip Moeller

Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.     

Homer

Words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through.     

Douglas Adams

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.     

Benjamin Franklin

A word in earnest is as good as a speech.     

Charles Dickens